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Beginner Lesson 1.1 – Self-Introduction

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Self-Introduction In Chinese For Beginners

  • Greeting: say "Hi" in Chinese
  • Self-introduction in Chinese with your first name
  • Self-introduction in Chinese with your last name
  • Self-introduction in Chinese with your full name

VOCABULARY


HSK CHINESE PINYIN P.O.S ENGLISH Audio
1 pr. I; me
1 jiào v. to call; to be called
2 xìng v./n. last name to be / last name
1 hǎo adj. good; well; okay

EXPRESSIONS


HSK CHINESE PINYIN ENGLISH Audio
1 你好 nǐhǎo hello; hi

GRAMMAR


Grammar 1: Hello in Chinese · HSK 1

When we want to say hi or hello in Chinese, we say 你好. Literally, it means, "you; good". Many people wonder why we use 你好 to mean hello in Chinese. This is because it's like we're saying "I bet you're doing good today".

 

Grammar 2: Names in Chinese · HSK 1

In Chinese, people's last name goes before their first name. The last name is usually one character, while the first name is usually one or two characters.

 

Grammar 3: Self-introduction in Chinese with 叫 · HSK 1

wǒ jiào... 我叫……I am called...  / My name is... 

You can use this structure to introduce your (1)full name; (2) first name or nick name. For example,

  • wǒ jiào Dàwèi 
    我叫大卫。
    my name is David
  • wǒ jiào Chéng Lóng 
    我叫成龙。
    my name is Cheng Long
  • wǒ jiào Lǐ Xiǎolóng 
    我叫李小龙。
    my name is Li Xiaolong

 

Be very careful that 叫 usually is not followed by a first name that is one-character. For example the sentence below can be considered incorrect.

wǒ jiào lóng
我叫龙。
my name is Long

 

 

Grammar 4.  Self-introduction in Chinese with 姓 · HSK 1

wǒ xìng...  我姓……My last name is... 

You can use this structure to introduce your last name. For example:

  • wǒ xìng Lǐ 
    我姓李。
    my last name is Li
  • wǒ xìng Wáng
    我姓王。
    my last name is Wang

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Lesson Discussions

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AdamM
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AdamM

I notice that some native Mandarin speakers—including Lili—pronounce the pinyin “ìng” vowel sound almost like “eeyung” (but quickly as one syllable), while others pronounce it more similarly to how an English speaker would pronounce an “ing” sound in English. Is this a regional difference? Which is the mostly widely used and versatile pronunciation?

Thank you.

Rommari
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Rommari

Hi Lili and fellow students. Do you have any suggestions for writing the characters? I’m having some difficulty in this area. Thanks in advance for your tips.

tanyabuskas
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tanyabuskas

Wo xing Buskas
Wo jiao Tanya
Hi Lili! I really like your course, and the way how you teaching. My first language is Russian, and English is my second language. I started to learn Chinese first time and I was very surprised how simple all the rules and grammar as compare Russian, English , French and other European languages. I found writing characters and listening and talking is difficult , but now I am enjoying to learn Chinese. I surprise that I can read some characters, and say some words and even sentences in Chinese.

david_leadbetter
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david_leadbetter

I am happy that your course seems so clear as I have to translate American English to English English as well as learning Chinese. But seriously I thank you.

Alain 艾伦
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Alain 艾伦

你好郝力, 我叫艾伦 Alain, 我是加拿大人,我五十六岁,
I really like your course and the way you present the materials, very logical, I Love it!
Also presently taking Manderin level 1 at the University.
我真喜欢,谢谢你

OmarMustafa
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OmarMustafa

你好
this lesson is very straightforward and easy to understand thank you.
Can I say Wo Jiao Omar?
Thanks

Maqsood0087
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Maqsood0087

Hello ma’am.
Its me Maqsood Ali from Pakistan I have just started a course here to learn Chinese language hope I will got it soon.
Ni Hao

Vissler
Student
Vissler

My name is Valentina, I was wondering if Valen or Tina are better as a Chinese name? Valen:
瓦伦 or Tina: 蒂娜

Vissler
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Vissler

Hi! My name is Valentina (very long), I was wondering how I’d write it? Maybe Valen or Tina, which is better: 蒂娜 (Tina) or 瓦伦 (Valen)

Irina Svetlana
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Irina Svetlana

你好老师! 我很高兴认识你。
I want to learn perfect pronunciation from this site. How and what can I get to it? 🙂

Gift
Guest
Gift

Ni hao
Wo xing Gift.

Gunnar Smári
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Gunnar Smári

Really like it so far reminds me a lot of being in school. How ever im having a small problem with introducing my name. I am from Iceland and here it goes “First name” “last name i gues you would call it” and then you’r fathers name and added son or daughter to the end. My name is Gunnar Smári Rögnvaldsson. Rögnvaldsson meaning son of Rögnvaldur, so when introducing myself what would be the best way to do so?.

sadam
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sadam

Ni Hav
wao Jiao Sdam Baig
Thanks for your online chinese learning classs and i was amazed to see your mode of teaching that is awesome.This is my first yearin china and without having profound chinese language command its hard to survive in china

tessy
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tessy

Nihao,
Wo xing Akintan
Wo jiao Alaba
Thank you Lili for making the leaning easy. Looking forward to speak like native Chinese

Nicole_Chinese_uwu
Student
Nicole_Chinese_uwu

Hey! I am a high school student interested in learning Chinese “seriously” and hopefully one day going to China to study abroad. I would like to know how I should start my Chinese Learning Journey and the most efficient way to do so. I would also love some tips on learning the language at an efficient pace as I would love to be able to start communicating in Chinese as fluently as possible and as soon as possible! Thanks, Nicole

clamphier8
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clamphier8

Ni hao.
Wo xing Lamphier.
Wo jiao Connor.

Raghadsubhi12
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Raghadsubhi12

I tried many websites and was convinced that I will never speak Chinese (i even quit trying to learn it for 8 months) then I found your site. I’m sure getting the premium.

Sika
Graduated Student
Sika

你好. 我性 SIKA, 我叫 SIKA BRICE.

danielhlima
Student
danielhlima

你好吗
我很好谢谢
我叫 Daniel, 我是国人

I’m really exciting about to learn Mandarin. I just found this website and I’m trying it.
It seems to be very well designed and I’m looking for a tool like that to improve my learning.

Thanks.
谢谢 再见

Sierra
Graduated Student
Sierra

你好。我姓Higgins。Is it okay to also say 我的名字是sierra。

Rosemarie
Premium Student
Rosemarie

你好 Lili !
I’m French and joined your course a few days ago. I do enjoy your lessons. I’m a beginner and I’m discovering the Chinese language with great pleasure. What attracts me more is how writing the characters despite their difficulty.
谢谢你 Lili 。
Rosemarie.

Shwe Yi Aung
Student
Shwe Yi Aung

Hi, teacher Li, I really like your chinese course and the way your teaching. Thanks alot..

mazhid
Student
mazhid

thanks
great very useful and helpful

kimsansrel2015
Graduated Student
kimsansrel2015

This lesson is really helpful and it keeps me interacting a lot.

ibra3515
Student
ibra3515

Great I really like it , it’s simple and clear .
thanks a lot

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